Alex Mowatt vs Jonny Howson: One betters other in five key areas?

How do Leeds United’s Alex Mowatt and Norwich City's Jonny Howson compare?

Leeds United midfielder Alex Mowatt has hit the headlines over the past couple of months following a fine run of form for the Championship outfit.

According to a report in the Mirror, his performances have attracted the attention of Premier League side Liverpool, who have allegedly sent scouts to check on the 20-year-old.

The Whites have a rich history of producing excellent young players, with former favourite Jonny Howson another Elland Road product before being sold on for a sizeable sum.

Howson’s career has taken a step back following Norwich City’s subsequent relegation from the top flight, but the 26-year-old is leading the Canaries’ promotion charge this season.

Mowatt is six years his junior and despite enjoying an impressive campaign, he still has some way to go before reaching the levels of his former Elland Road idol.

  Goals per GameShots per GameKey Passes per GameTake-ons per GameTouches per GameAccurate Passes per GameBall Recoveries per GameAppearances
Alex Mowatt 0.29 1.29 1.29 0.36 52.29 29.21 4.57 28
Jonny Howson 0.25 1.38 1.08 0.67 57.25 37.29 5.33 24

The numbers provided by Opta Stats illustrate a notable difference between the duo this season, Howson coming out on top in as many as five key categories.

Mowatt has found the net on more occasions, tallying eight for the campaign and an average of 0.29 per Championship encounter.

However, goals and key passes aside, he comes out second best to Howson, who dominates in a number of other important areas.

The one-time England U21 international was once likened to Andres Iniesta by former Norwich boss Paul Lambert due to his excellent passing range and quick feet.

While such comments are a slight exaggeration, Howson does possess ability belonging at a higher level in terms of ball control and retention, demonstrated by his high number of average passes per match.

Moreover, his tenacity in seeking the second balls and winning possession is unique for may forward-thinking players, shown by his average of 5.33 ball recoveries per outing.

Mowatt, to his credit, still has plenty of years in the game in order to hone his skills and there is little doubt he will become a Premier League star one day.

Though whether that is with Leeds is a different matter entirely.

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